ATK played NorthEast United FC at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan, on Thursday, the 4th of October, with the Kolkata outfit looking to revive themselves after a disappointing opening day defeat against Kerala Blasters. However, in the 32nd minute of the game, they were dealt a huge blow, when Sena Ralte was shown a second yellow, which meant that ATK had to play the remaining portion of the game with ten men. NEU FC kept applying pressure on them, but were unable to score, till the 89th minute of the game, when Rowlin Borges scored the winner through a header off a Gallego corner. A lot of credit should, however, go to the two ATK centre-backs, Jon Johnson and Gerson Viera, who were massive in the defence, especially with the numerical disadvantage they had. ATK came close to scoring a couple of times, through Manuel Lanzarote, but were unable to make anything constructive out of their attempts.
Kerala Blasters hosted Mumbai City FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi. Kerala Blasters were looking to win the match to make it two out of two, while Mumbai City FC were out to get their first win of the season, having lost their opening fixture against Jamshedpur FC. Kerala Blasters scored the opening goal of the match, after a magnificent build up where Seiminlen Doungel played a backheel to Matej Poplatnik, who set it up perfectly for Holicharan Narzary to slot the ball into the goal. After the break, however, Mumbai City FC looked rejuvenated and determined to get the equaliser. It finally came in the third minute of the injury time, from a screamer hit by Pranjal Bhumij, from outside the box, past the Kerala custodian Dheeraj Singh. The result meant Mumbai City FC got the first points of this ISL 2018, and it was a fair one too, with both teams having played decently throughout.
Chennaiyin FC and FC Goa met at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai, looking for their first win in the ISL 2018. Both teams started rather scrappily, and were not helped by the pitch conditions, which looked far from good. An awkward attempt at a clearance by the Chennaiyin defense, in the 12th minute of the match, fell on Edu Bedia’s path, who calmly slotted the ball into the net, despite being surrounded by several Chennaiyin players. Goa couldn’t have imagined a luckier start to the match than this. In the 53rd minute, right back Seriton Fernandes puts the ball into the box, from the right flank, and Coro, unmarked in the box, puts it past the Chennaiyin custodian Karanjit Singh. FC Goa extended their lead in the 80th minute, after a long ball played into the box by the Moroccan medio Jahouh was met by Fall, who headed it over Karanjit and into the net. Chennaiyin pulled one back in the dying seconds of the game, from an Eli Sabia header off the corner floated by Orlandi. The win catapulted Goa to the summit of the league table, because of their superior goal difference. Chennaiyin, on the other hand, have a lot to think about, as they were let down by their sloppy defending and horrendous marking, especially, inside the box.
Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC locked horns at Kanteerava Stadium, with both teams coming off wins in their respective previous fixtures. Bengaluru FC scored in the dying moments of the first half, from a splendid volley off Nishu Kumar’s right foot, after he had latched onto a rebound and controlled the ball brilliantly on his chest. Gourav Mukhi, however, made it even in the 81st minute, becoming the youngest ever to score in ISL at the age of 16, when he outmuscled Nishu Kumar and put the ball past Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, paving the way for an intense end to the match. Sunil Chhetri scored his first in ISL 2018, from a header off Harmanjot Khabra’s cross, past Subhashish, for a short-lived lead, when Jamshedpur FC equalised through an unmarked Cido, who slotted the ball past the helpless Subhashish. The thrilling encounter thus ended in a 2-2 draw, with both teams now on 4 points in the league table.
Delhi Dynamos hosted ATK, in a match that was played at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. ATK, under pressure after two back to back defeats in their last two matches, started positively, and opened the scoring in the 19th minute, through a brilliant strike by Balwant Singh, who fired past the Delhi goalkeeper, Francisco Dorronsoro. Delhi equalised in the 55th minute, through Pritam Kotal, who deftly headed the ball into the net from a cross put in by Gharami. Nassir El Mimouni scored the winner for ATK, after some brilliant football by Jayesh Rane, had opened it up for Mimouni, who finished it pretty well, considering there were quite a few Delhi players and their goalkeeper to beat. The substitutions worked for ATK and how, with both of them combining for the winner. The win takes ATK to the sixth position.